Ion Currents of Paramecium: Effects of Mutations and Drugs
Paramecium is a eukaryotic, single-celled organism which is used as a simple model system for studying the regulatory mechanisms governing excitable and sensory cell functions. In terms of ion channel functions, some strategies may have been so efficient in the primative protozoans that they may remain as universal mechanisms in most sensory and excitable cells while other specialized functions may have been refined and further evolved in higher organisms, leading to diversity in the structure, function, and regulation of ion channels.
KeywordsSwimming Behavior Tail Current Ciliary Beat Frequency Channel Inactivation Dependent Inactivation
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